Spotted Eagle Owl

Posted by Gavin Falck on Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:14 am

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Canon 80D, Canon 18-135 lens.
f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 800
This bird sometimes roosts in my garden, much to the annoyance of my dogs, who don't like it very much.  I don't think that the open mouth is a show of aggression or irritation, as the bird is quite relaxed and allows one to get fairly close to it.  It seemed to be simply a yawn, which I was lucky enough to capture.  It only did it once and shortly after I took this photograph it closed its eyes and went to sleep.

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by Mike in O on Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:55 pm
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I love how the plane of focus is the back of the throat & eyes

by Ron Day on Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:23 pm
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A good close-in portrait, Gavin. The detail and eyes really stand out well. The yawn is a bonus. Good job!

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:04 am
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What a cool visitor to your garden! Seems to be pretty acclimated to you given the lens used.

by Debapratim Saha on Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:54 am
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Beautiful close up shot!

by Gavin Falck on Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:26 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
What a cool visitor to your garden!  Seems to be pretty acclimated to you given the lens used.

These owls are quite at home in the suburbs.  It takes quite a lot to get them to move from a roosting place during the daytime.  This one was sitting in quite a small, low tree - more of a large shrub really.  It just makes sure that it is out of reach of my dogs 

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:15 pm
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Your garden is getting more and more interesting, Gavin! Lovely intimate view. (You can keep your insects though......)

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